09-21-2018 09-21-2018
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
3140B Boston
September 21, 2018 10:00AMCalender

Mary Louise (M.L.) Snowden (American, b. 1952) Tectonic

Auction: American & European Works of Art - 3140B Location: Boston Date / Time: September 21, 2018 10:00AM


Mary Louise (M.L.) Snowden (American, b. 1952)

Signed, titled, and numbered "M.L. Snowden/'Tectonic' 18/75" at the lower edge, with a foundry stamp "Snowden Rodin Eberhard" just above the edition number.
Bronze, height 19 in. (48.3 cm), on an oval black stone plinth.
Condition: Areas of oxidation, scattered scratches to the patina, pitting, dust and dirt to interstices.

N.B. M.L. Snowden learned the art of sculpture from her father, George Holburn Snowden, N.A. (1901-1990). The family shared a notable tradition in art. Upon winning the Prix de Rome of 1926, George Snowden was given 38 of the original sculpting tools of Auguste Rodin by his teacher and mentor, Robert Georges Eberhard (1884-1965). Eberhard had been a protégé, friend, and sculpture assistant to Rodin, and after Rodin's death in 1917, received some of the master's tools. Eberhard immigrated to the U.S. and became Chairman of the Sculpture Department at Yale University, where he and George Snowden met. After her father's death, M.L. inherited these historic tools as well as the formulas for the luminous patinas for which she is known.
Estimate $15,000-25,000

Overall dimensions are 24 x 21 x 22 in. including the base.

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Robert Georges Eberhard, Mary Louise, United States